[ per-dish-uhn ]
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  1. a state of final spiritual ruin; loss of the soul; damnation.

  2. the future state of the wicked.

  1. utter destruction or ruin.

  2. Obsolete. loss.

Origin of perdition

1300–50; <Latin perditiōn- (stem of perditiō) destruction, equivalent to perdit(us) (past participle of perdere to do in, ruin, lose, equivalent to per-per- + di-, combining form of dare to give + -tus past participle suffix) + -iōn-ion; replacing Middle English perdiciun<Old French <Latin, as above

Words Nearby perdition Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2023

How to use perdition in a sentence

  • If “any congregation of men could merit eternal perdition on earth and in hell,” it is the “Company of Loyola.”

    Thank God Pope Francis Is a Jesuit | Jonathan Wright | March 16, 2013 | THE DAILY BEAST
  • Fear that somehow, despite her freedom, she will have to repeat what seemed like endless perdition.

  • I have no merit; I were justly sent to perdition for my sins; I lie here, perhaps dying.

    God Wills It! | William Stearns Davis
  • But then an infinite number of others are destined to perdition, and receive not the grace necessary to eternal salvation.

    Letters To Eugenia | Paul Henri Thiry Holbach
  • At that time some of it was Mexican, and more of it was Chinese, and some of it wasn't connected with anything but perdition.

    The Belted Seas | Arthur Colton
  • Till that instant the idea of a temptation of the evil one, of the possibility of perdition, had never entered my head.

  • You sent me to Australia to do a certain thing, and you would have flung me to perdition if I had stuck at anything to do it.

British Dictionary definitions for perdition


/ (pəˈdɪʃən) /

  1. Christianity

    • final and irrevocable spiritual ruin

    • this state as one that the wicked are said to be destined to endure for ever

  2. another word for hell

  1. archaic utter disaster, ruin, or destruction

Origin of perdition

C14: from Late Latin perditiō ruin, from Latin perdere to lose, from per- (away) + dāre to give

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